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Arlington Heights Banking Center
1300 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02476
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Cambridge Savings Bank has followed a multi-pronged approach to optimizing building efficiency. When we renovate or build a banking center, we try to use high-efficiency equipment. Our maintenance staff, in conjunction with our mechanical maintenance contractor, performs regular tune-ups of the HVAC and controls systems.

An Energy Awareness program has been a key part of Cambridge Savings' energy management strategy. We combine employee education with contests and rewards to make energy-smart behavior a part of every employee's workday. The result has been a 19-percent reduction in energy usage over a 5-year period. The energy efficiency projects completed by Cambridge Savings include the following:

-- As part of a recent maintenance upgrade, two 25-ton rooftop units were replaced with new high-efficiency equipment with enthalpy controls. This improvement will save the bank $2,300 per year and garnered a $3,000 rebate from NStar Electric. 

-- The old lighting system was causing employee complaints about glare and visual discomfort. We were able to install new fixtures that both save energy and provide better lighting for the modern office. Under their Small Commercial/Industrial Program, NStar paid for 70 percent of the project cost. The return on investment (ROI) on the bank's portion of the project was 3.1 years, saving $4,500 annually. 

-- In 2008, we installed 9.3 kW of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof. These modules are expected to generate 10,500 kWh of electricity per year, saving $1,950 annually with an emissions reduction of 7 tons of carbon dioxide.  This project was aided by a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Council.

These projects will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37 tons per year, which is the equivalent of planting 825 mature trees.




"Cambridge Savings Bank is a national leader on the energy efficiency front. Through operational changes and a top-to-bottom staff commitment, CSB has achieved dramatic energy savings that are improving the bank's bottom line and the environment at the same time."

-- Ira Leighton, Deputy Regional Administrator, US EPA, Region 1

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Cambridge Savings Bank or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Hill Energy Services, LLC

Building Owner:*
Cambridge Savings Bank

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2004 (86)
2005 (88)
2008 (85)
2010 (85)
2011 (86)
2012 (85)
2013 (85)
2014 (84)
2015 (89)
2016 (86)
2017 (83)

Facility Type: Bank Branch

Total Floorspace: 8570 sf

Year Constructed: 1920

Contract Type: Internal Resources
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant